New Jersey schools produce energy with solar panels

Wednesday, August 17, 2011 @ 01:08 PM
posted by rene5432

The Princeton Regional school board in New Jersey is officially looking into installing solar panels on school district buildings to save money and generate energy after partnering with the Mercer County Improvement Authority on a feasibility study, the Times of Trenton reports.

Initial reviews have shown that five of the seven schools in the district have the capability to host solar panels on their roofs. The parking lot at the district’s high school is also ideal for solar canopies, according to the news source.

Annually, the school district spends over $1 million for electricity, but the panels could generate approximately 8 percent of its power to be put back on the energy grid and save the district between $70,000 and $100,000 per year.

If the project continues, the solar panels would not be owned by the school system, but the schools would be able to buy back energy generated by the panels for a reduced rate from the power company. It is not known yet what company will be contracted to do the work, but the plan is that the chosen company will reimburse the school for the expenses.

Additionally, an Arizona elementary school recently received solar panels to hopefully reduce utility costs, according to Pinal County Today. The school will be generating energy quickly.

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